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Iíve noticed as Iíve grown older that time feels like itís moving faster than when I was growing up. Is there any reason for this and what is it?

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #1 on: 28/10/2008 19:19:53 »
We'll have the answer for you on our show, 2nd November. Until then, what do you think?
 

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #2 on: 28/10/2008 21:15:14 »
Isn't this analogous to hand-cranked movie cameras...
If the cameraman turned the crank too quickly when recording, "over-cranked", the film would be in slow motion when projected at the normal rate.  Turning the crank too slowly, "under-cranking", would speed up motion when the film was projected at the normal rate.

The internal clock slowing with age is analogous to "under-cranking" and causes the perception of time passing to speed up.

[A digital version of this analogy would involve using different sampling rates, the sampling rate decreasing in frequency with age]
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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #3 on: 29/10/2008 03:39:38 »
Hi Jarad, I've got a theory about this. Lets consider our opinions on the subject we held as six year olds.

Our earliest memories go back to the age of 2, maybe 1.5 years, right? Lets say we were 2 years old when we started our "conscious life experience" clock.

Since 6yrs - 2yrs = 4 yrs of memorable awareness, it could be argued all of us at the age of six, that the time span of 4 years is equal to a "Lifetime". Do you follow?

The year I was six, spring lasted forever and summer vacation went on and on. Halloween would never get here, and "How many days 'till Santa comes?!". The chronological distortions we suffered were not due to impatience; they were truly long periods of time to endure. The year I was 6 (don't forget, 4 years = a Lifetime) represents 1 quarter of my whole life! That is 25%!

So 25% of a six year old's "Lifetime" time, is represented by 1 year.

Now I'm 42. It is already the end of October! This year is flying by so fast! But my chronological measuring stick is longer. 25% of everything I know about a "Lifetime" is spread over 10 years! I perceive 1 year as a 6 year old perceives 5 weeks.

If there were a magic potion that kept me alive for 10000 years, I might perceive the last 10 years between my 9990th and 10000th birthday to whiz by as fast as a 15 minute coffee break seems to today.

Mike
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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #4 on: 29/10/2008 19:09:24 »
I've noticed as I've grown older that time feels like it’s moving faster than when I was growing up. Is there any reason for this and what is it?

Asked by Jared, Utah

Firstly on the perception of the passage of time, there's two sides to it:
a) how fast time appears to be passing right now (typically fast if you're busy/enjoying yourself, slow if you're bored)
b) how fast the past year (or other extended period) has gone

Looking back, how fast the past year seems to have gone depends on how much variety you've had. If you've been stuck in a routine and doing little new, then last Christmas will seem like yesterday. Conversely if you've been on several holidays, quit a job, moved house, started a new job, had loads of variety in the new job, made lots of new friends, etc (ie lots of new stuff, lots of novelty) then last Christmas seems a lifetime ago.

At age 10, 1 year represents 10% of your life so far. Aged 50 1 year is only 2% of your life so far. Therefore, it would seem inevitable that when you're younger, one year contains vastly more new and memorable experiences than when you're much older, and therefore the years don't appear to fly by to the same extent.

Maybe we should measure age on a logarithmic scale to 'linearise' perception of time?
 

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #5 on: 30/10/2008 11:09:16 »
To add to the mathematical ponderings of the two previous posts I would consider the fact that, in terms of brain function, every experience fed into the brain via the sensory system as well as all that input's 'digested'product, is stored and accessible to varying degrees.
As experience mounts we occupy our aware presence weighing the current inputs against the experienced (the stored/remembered). The time this takes is not available to awareness of anticipation of future expectation.
In childhood, much time is available to future anticipation and makes the present 'seem' to crawl whereas the older we grow the more the present is occupied relating the current input to the database -if you will- and inhibits awareness' access to the idleness of the blank state.
Hope I made myself clear.
 

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #6 on: 31/10/2008 23:14:47 »
...and why does a return journey seem to take less time than the outward leg?
 

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #7 on: 01/11/2008 11:30:59 »
...and why does a return journey seem to take less time than the outward leg?
would you clarify that Chris?
 

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #8 on: 01/11/2008 17:46:33 »
...and why does a return journey seem to take less time than the outward leg?

Familiarity? The route is less novel on the return trip?

Or, that outward journies are often full of anticipation and expection (and maybe some concern about the risk of being late). Time takes an age to pass when you're "looking forward" to something.

On the return journey you're brain is reviewing, analysing and filing the days' happenings - so you're more likely to be lost in thought... and suddenly find yourself at the terminus station or front door!
 

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #9 on: 01/11/2008 19:05:03 »
I would think the mechanism to be similar Chris, awareness perception being modulated by experience; childhood experience dealing with the size of the database being one variety, preoccupation during anticipatory experience in the present being another; conscious awareness after all is but momentary expression of states, be they sensory inputs at a given moment or the memory assisted processing of previous inputs and the modulation of either by the emotional system.
 

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #10 on: 04/11/2008 19:31:58 »
It's all relative to a persons perspective!  Time moves to us according to our perception of it.  Like was said earlier, when you are young a set period of time, say a month, seems longer.  This is because that a single month makes up a larger portion of your life then a month does when you are older.  This carries on to the second question, a return trip seems longer only if you are less excited about the return trip.  For someone that is more excited about getting home then leaving home, the perception would be changed so that the return trip would seem shorter.  This of course carries to many things such as "Time flys while your having fun", or "a watched pot never boils".  It's all in our perception of time and how we relate to the passing of it.

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #11 on: 09/11/2008 18:55:34 »
My own theory is we are busier as adults!     The older we are the more we take on - and we are racing the clock!   

If you go into a retirement home and ask the residents about their day they will complain that time goes so slowly - they have less to do than when they used to home their own homes, jobs or businesses, also having a social life.
 

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #12 on: 09/11/2008 18:57:17 »
For anyone who has to get up for work it seems maddening that the time between alarm clock going off in the morning goes much faster than the time before lunch or leaving off time!
 

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Re: QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #13 on: 11/11/2008 21:45:23 »
Nice one:)
Do you remember how immortal you were as young.
How time couldn't touch you, you had all the time in the world.
And getting old? Uhuh, no way, not me.

And then suddenly you wake up, slowly or fast, to the fact that you are... old.
And all those nagging about you needing to get ready for your pension makes life into a new and horrifying picture:)
Well, you're only as old as you feel, remember that.
And although memory changes with age, as well as other priorities that doesn't mean you're dead, does it?
But memory do change with age physically.
And perhaps sense of time too?
And then there is this awareness of 'times end' you get as you get old(er:)

 

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« Reply #14 on: 10/12/2008 00:40:52 »
By wilsonwilsonjr@comcast.net (the Guest below)

Sorry about the parsing "Name"; short on time.

My "knee jerk" observation is: 'We're close to the end of the toilet paper roll' Bigger circles O vs o take less revolutions; ergo, seems slower. Thank you, I was here all week, hope you tried the veal. [where did that time go? humm]

oh well....

But seriously tho folks, the way I've thought time going faster, at least in the last 5 years or so (now 59 y.o.), at least the way it makes sense to me, is:

"Ever take a long car trip to a destination you and your honey never been before? i.e., Las Vegas from Ohio about 2000 miles. You get on the Interstate, head west on I-40, you're excited, 16 hours later you're in Amarillo, Tx looking for an unfamiliar Interstate exit for a cloud 6. Next day you think you can drive on through to Vegas....well you make it to Flagstaff, Az tired and ready to sleep.  Next day you finaly make it to Vegas and hope you have the energy to give Vegas all your money because it took longer than you thought to get to Vegas (it didn't look that far on the map did it) on top of that you missed that last exit you needed to exit because you're unfamiliar with Vegas area. STAY WITH ME NOW....  Now, you timed your money just right that you wanted to give Vegas 1 week later. Yawn, Up, get in the car, get on the Interstate east toward good ole Ohio.  You're out of money, the time spent on the vacation has made you tired, hope you have enough energy to get home, why did you drive it anyway going through your mind...You don't stop at Hoover dam and a couple other places you stopped on the way to Vegas (been there seen that), you just wanna get home to relax. But, now on your way home you know all the exits to take so you just keep driving knowing which exit you're gonna exit to rest a little.  And, (with your honey driving a little) the....Next.....thing you know you look down the road and see that last exit that takes you to your house where you can finally lie down and rest from the "fun" of Vegas.

HUH?

Moral?(no thank you):

At (pick an age over 55) - We've been, There! Yep, done that (a few times), and we have seen all the scenery along the way of this 'unknown' life. And we can see that last exit from here, and it's getting closer all the time.

ps.I was asked by a young man, "what's the worse thing about getiing old,?" Not thinking myself old (teenager/musician in the 60's you know), I replied, "Getting old".


(But I still don't need viva viagra)
 

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« Reply #15 on: 14/12/2008 19:41:06 »
I read all the blogs and theroy about why time seems to be moving faster, that it's all in the perception.. This may be true, but i seriuosly think, that its something more than that. I think its more scientific, maybe a time/ space thing, i dont know, im not a scientist, but just as a dog can hear sounds that humans cant. I think I can actually feel time, like a sixth sense, now Im sure, whoever is reading this may think im totally whacked. but ive been trying to anyalyze this for a while now.. there is something happening with time, i can sense it i can feel it. Can i explain it? Time is moving faster! even if i do nothing all day, the theroy says it should be a long day, but no, time moves for me, extremely fast. now i said for me, maybe its the way my brain processes time, either through the phisology of my make up or maybe im just nuts! but when i tell you that I feel it inside of me that time is moving faster, I know that something is truly happening, maybe too subtle for the average person to feel, but it IS happening.. ok im going to check myself into the looney bin now.. does anyone have the time??

TimeTrekker
 

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« Reply #16 on: 29/01/2009 15:07:19 »
This explanation is not correct.  When I was a child, I had nothing to do all summer, i was bored every day and the summer felt like forever, also now, when I look back, it seems like it took forever.  Now, I have a lot to do, many new experiences, and I have a feeling time is passing by at the speed of light.
 

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« Reply #17 on: 02/02/2009 23:52:19 »
Those of you who are 55 or older think about this. The 80's were 30 years ago...seem like yesterday to you?
 

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QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #18 on: 10/02/2009 02:18:19 »
Not that age but I can say this.
I'm timeless:)
 

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« Reply #19 on: 10/02/2009 04:13:29 »
Me too :)
 

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« Reply #20 on: 02/03/2009 23:41:08 »
Couldn't life seem faster because everything is faster. It used to take a week to travel 30km now only minutes. In the future it may only take an nanosecond.
 

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QotW - 08.11.03 - Does time go faster as you age?
« Reply #21 on: 27/03/2009 11:24:31 »
hi
I say on this topic that not age.....
 

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« Reply #22 on: 27/03/2009 11:29:23 »
I need a ticking-time bomb!
 

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« Reply #23 on: 28/03/2009 08:30:00 »
LoL....
 

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« Reply #24 on: 28/03/2009 08:43:41 »
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